Getting to Know your Precious Metals

Platinum

Platinum is one of the rarest elements in the Earth’s crust. It occurs in some nickel and copper ores along with some native deposits, mostly in South Africa, which accounts for 80% of the world production.
Platinum is generally non-reactive.
Remarkable resistance to corrosion.
It is not as toxic as some metals.
Platinum is an extremely rare metal.

Palladium

Palladium is a soft silver-white metal that resembles platinum. It is the least dense and has the lowest melting point of the platinum group metals. It is soft and ductile when annealed and greatly increases it’s strength and hardness when it is cold-worked.
Palladium is lighter in weight.
Does not tarnish in the air.
Very rare but affordable metal.
Palladium does not need to be rhodium plated.
Palladium has been a precious metal since 1939
From January 2010 Palladium is now officially recognised as a precious metal.
Palladium is actually more rare than Gold.

White Gold

White gold is an alloy of gold and at least one white metal, usually nickel, manganese or palladium. Like yellow gold, the purity of white gold is given in carats. The term white gold is used very loosely in the jewellery industry to describe carat gold alloys with a whitish hue.
White gold is an alloy of gold.
White gold alloys made without nickel are less likely to be allergenic.
A common white gold formulation consists of 90% gold and 10% nickel

Yellow Gold

Pure gold has a bright yellow colour and luster traditionally considered attractive, which it maintains without oxidizing in air or water. It is one of the least reactive chemical elements solid under standard conditions.
Gold is a valuable and highly sought-after precious metal.
Gold is thought of as a soft metal.
Gold comes in 22ct, 18ct, 14ct or 9ct (carat).
Gold is the most malleable and ductile of all metals

Rose Gold

Rose gold is a gold and copper alloy widely used for specialized jewellery. It is also known as pink gold and red gold. As it was popular in Russia at the beginning of the nineteenth century, it is also known as Russian gold, however, this term is now obsolete.
A common formulation for red gold is 50% gold and 50% copper.
The highest carat version of rose gold is also known as crown gold, which is 22 carat.
Also known as pink gold and red gold.